The Supreme Court has ruled that gay marriage is legal in the United States and effectively ends the ban that was still in effect in 14 states. We wake up this morning with a feeling of accomplishment in recognition of a progressive step toward true civil rights for all Americans. But sadly, within the midst … More When Black Bodies Matter Less to Black Pastors than Gay Marriage: Where is the Fight For Our Entire Community?
I wrote the following post as a Facebook status back in January during my time as a student teacher in San Diego. The sentiment still remains and, as I venture to the new school year as a teacher, I am remembering how annoyed I am at times. I added more at the end. ____________ I … More “F you, Pedophile!”: A rant from a Teacher/Coach/Mentor
This was a facebook post of mine that I typed up on this past father’s day. I was told that more need to hear it. So here it is… _____________________________ Deep breath… Okay, I’m ready. Happy Father’s day to everyone! But I would like to take this Father’s day do something that I can’t even … More Sometimes I feel… Like A Fatherless Child.
Black women in music have had a progression through time. In the early 20th century, Black women created a name for themselves with a brand new genre of black music. The Blues, headed by forerunner Ma Rainey, paved a road for Black women to express themselves on a national level. As time progressed and Jazz … More A Black Woman’s Plight: Our Women’s Struggle In the Music Industry
Introduction The exploitation of Black men has been a reality in America since the first slave ship docked from Africa. Since then, black men have been used, not only for the economic gain of their oppressor, but as a cruel and degrading form of entertainment. The lynching of Black people, the burning of Black bodies, … More More Than Just a Game: Examining the Exploitation of the Black Male Athlete
Introduction Making people laugh is an eloquent art-form that dates back centuries to many possible origins. Many movies and comedians attempt and fail to provide comedic relief in their entertainment strategies and fall from grace. Others are successful in this attempt and flourish because they know how to connect to what people want to hear. … More The Comedic Express: Comedy and Ebonics, A Love and Hate Relationship
Introduction In Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech, King used an evocative rhetoric and extensive vocabulary to exclaim a message of equality and freedom. Quoting the declaration of Independence, he spoke of his hope that America would develop into a nation, working on grounds that “all men are created equal”. … More Black Boys in Peril: A Literary Review of Authors Analyzing Issues For Young Black Males in K-8 Education
To the little Black girl who goes to Google Images and types in the word “beauty”, only to see 95% of the picture results not resembling her… I apologize. I love you. You are beautiful. To the little Black girl who turns on the television to see how she should live her life, only to … More From US, to her: Words for the Little Black Girl
Dear Drake, I want to start off by congratulating you on your success. Your talents in acting and music have led you to become a superstar across the globe. I am a fan of your music, as are my family, friends, and youth that I teach and coach. Since this country was founded, it has … More My Open Letter to Drake: An Opportunity for Positive Change